Unity…

I’ve really had this on my heart… 🙂

It has been quite a painful burden for me… 😦

And yet one which I am becoming more and more comfortable with… 🙂

I feel like in this post I am kind of “nailing my colours to the mast”… 🙂

Let’s see how this comes out…

There are many I believe in our world who know Jesus as their Lord and as their God who are slandered by others as if they are “of their father the devil”…

The Lord knows those who have been “born from above” and He knows that they are not “of their father the devil”…

But what if their fellow brothers and sisters don’t know and what if their fellow brothers and sisters slander them as if they are not part “of the household of faith”?

This is what pains my heart…

The enemy of our souls – Satan – the devil – wants to stop unity between brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ – he is “the accuser of the brethren”…

If he can get us to believe that a brother or sister is not a brother or a sister and to denounce them then he has won a great victory…

I don’t like giving any glory to the enemy but the above – if he can achieve this – is really counterproductive to the Kingdom of God – because the world will only know that Jesus is the Messiah sent by the Father when they see us – His children – in unity – perfected in unity…

We may not agree on everything – but this much is clear – anyone who has had a revelation from God that Jesus Christ is God – He is the Word of God – He has existed from the beginning, He always will exist and He has never ceased to exist – and He is Lord and anyone who knows that He died on the cross for their sins and has given themselves to Him believing that what He did – offering up His Body and shedding His Blood – has caused their sins to be forgiven, washed away forever and forever forgotten by God – because the Wrath of God fell on Him (Jesus) and not on them – then that one – who receives the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ for their sins and gives themself to Jesus – that one is born of God – that is the proof of their having been born of God – their faith in the “It is Finished” work of Christ… 🙂

And I say this – who will bring a charge against one of God’s elect?

That one – any one of them – has been chosen by God for salvation – who will bring a charge against them?

Christ Jesus has accepted them – they are accepted in Him – He has given them a new heart and a new spirit and a righteous soul – they are the Righteousness of God in Him – they are no longer what they used to be, they are literally a new creation in Him…

Who will bring a charge against them?

Who will say, “you are of your father the devil!” to them?

Anyone who says this will find themselves fighting against God Himself…

He has promised all the descendants of Abraham by faith that “he who curses you I will curse” and “he who blesses you I will bless”…

I know that I want to be blessed by God and so I know that I don’t want to curse any descendent of Abraham by faith, i.e. any brother or sister in the Lord – despite their behaviour…

Yes, I did say, despite their behaviour…

No matter what practical issues with sin they might still have – once we know in our spirits that they are born again because of their confession of faith in the Lord Jesus and in His shed Blood (we know in our hearts that this is real) – no matter what sanctification they might still need to experience – they still remain “accepted in the Beloved” – they do not “fall from Grace” because of a lack of sanctification in their lives – the only way to “fall from Grace” – as Paul tells the Galatians – is to go back to trying to earn your salvation via the Law…

We do not “fall from Grace” by committing sin as believers – we do not fall out of fellowship with the Lord by committing sin as believers – we are right now permanently seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus – permanently – the curtain in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom and we are presently permanently seated in the Holy of Holies in heaven with Jesus…

This is our position – our sins have been forgiven and are remembered no more – when Jesus returns He brings a salvation “without reference to sin” to those who believe in Him – it really is that good in terms of our acceptance with God our Father in heaven… 🙂

So if one of our brothers or sisters is struggling with something what do we do?

Do we “bag them” and say, “you mustn’t be saved – sort yourself out or you’ll lose your salvation!”? No, this is ridiculous…

We say, “the Lord loves you just the same whatever you do, what can I do to help you become what you really want to be practically – a new creation practically – in Him?” and then we say, “I will do whatever it takes to journey with you so that you can practically become what you are”…

This is how we are to respond…

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…

We want to be righteous because we are righteous…

We want to be holy because we are holy…

We have nothing to prove…

Our holiness and righteousness were given to us fully and freely as a free and undeserved gift and we know this – deep down all of us who have been born of God know this – we know who our Father is and know that we had nothing to do with our birth – it was His choice not ours…

We know this – thus we are all – no matter how “strange” or “crazy” or “weird” some of us might seem – children of God – on the same basis – none of us – no matter how gifted we are – is any better than any other child of God in Christ Jesus…

We are all one in Christ Jesus…

Yes, we are…

So why don’t we act this way?

Because we have an enemy who wants us to believe lies and feed us lies out of fear…

Once we are free from his lies we will flourish in faith and in hope and in love…

And we will see that together – all helping each other not competing against one another – we will achieve God’s “Grand Design” that the world will believe that He sent Jesus to be “the Saviour of the world”…

Yes, that is His “Grand Design” – that is His intention – salvation for the entire world through His shed Blood and receiving His Free Gift of Salvation by faith in His Name – that is what He wants…

And He will get it once we – as His children on earth – become perfected in unity or perfected in one…

This is why I am so passionate about unity in the Body of Christ…

Those who are “anti-unity” are like a cancer in the Body of Christ…

They are fighting against themselves – destroying other cells in the same body as them (and thus destroying themselves) – and a kingdom (Body) divided against itself will not stand…

Those who are used by the enemy to be accusers of the brethren will not experience the anointing of God on their lives…

Because the oil flows down from Aaron’s beard – the unity is what causes the Lord to command the blessing – life forevermore…

Let’s think about this…

Is it better to give someone the benefit of the doubt that they are a brother or sister in the Lord or is it better to be unwilling to believe that they are – even though they confess with their mouth, “Lord Jesus” and believe – tell you that they believe – in their heart that God raised Him from the dead?

Which is better?

Love always trusts…

Of course it’s better to believe that they are…

Even deeper than this if God shows you in intercession that they are – even if no one else can see it – then you are to “hold on” to that and “pull them through” so that others can see also the reality of the Salvation of God in their lives…

If you believe that someone is when they’re not what is the worst possible thing which could happen?

God could show you that you’re wrong and re-direct your prayers for them to pray that they would be saved…

Would God do this?

Yes, He would – because He desires them to be saved – and desires you to pray for them that they would be saved – because He’s told us – “first of all” to pray for all men that they might be saved…

Do we need to be afraid of our fellow man?

No…

Do we need to be afraid of the enemy and his demons?

No…

We – as children of God – are untouchable…

Scripture tells us that the evil one does not touch us…

He cannot touch our new heart, our new spirit and our righteous soul…

He cannot taint or pollute our new creation…

This understanding gives us – gives me – great boldness in “going after” the lost – knowing that the only thing that the enemy can touch is, “sin within us” and this is not us – and if he does touch this – the Lord will overcome him because greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world – and where sin abounds grace much more abounds – we have already overcome him by our faith…

So when we see this we stop being suspicious and fearful and fault-finding and unwilling to join ourselves with our brothers and sisters – we stop our isolation and isolating ourselves from our brothers and sisters and also stop isolating ourselves from our fellow man – and we “get out there” and be Christ to them – in as much as Christ has been formed in us to this point in time…

Will we be perfect?

No…

Does this matter?

No…

As we will share that we are a work in progress and want to be like Christ but will not cower under condemnation when we don’t get everything “exactly right” we will just get up and try again knowing that “sin within us” is not us and nothing we do or don’t do can change what God has practically made us – in reality on the inside in Christ – knowing that we will experience more and more and more of this practically on the outside – through our behaviour as we walk before the world and before our brothers and sisters in the Lord – walking before Him Alone – He who has already accepted us completely…

For God the Father to change His Mind about you – a child of God sheltering under His Blood – He’d have to change His Mind about Jesus – He’d have to disown Jesus – as Jesus is your Righteousness – and Jesus is permanently and will never cease to be your Advocate before the Father…

You have an accuser – Satan…

And you have an Advocate – Jesus Christ the Righteous…

And so does each of your brothers and sisters in the Lord…

Do you want to be used by the accuser in the lives of your brothers and sisters?

About andrew james horton

Hi, my name is Andrew James Horton... I am a Kiwi (New Zealander), born in Christchurch (05 September 1971), now in my mid-forties (I feel so old saying that)... I am blessed to be married with five children and six grandchildren... :-) I am at present a Technical Director - Design, Director working in Christchurch, New Zealand... I am passionate about prophetic intercession and about revival both in New Zealand and throughout the world... I am passionate to pray that the Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, will be all that He - the Lord Jesus Christ - desires her to be in our generation... I felt that the Lord gave me the name of this blog site, "a house of prayer for the nations - prophetic intercession for worldwide revival" and wanted me to "put it out there" and start recording the prayers which are on my heart to pray in the hope that others would also be encouraged to share the prayers which are on their hearts to pray and that in the unity of the Spirit we could participate together in this activity in different locations around the world as He leads us... If the Lord leads you, let's join in prayer for the Lord's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven in our generation... Love in the Lord, Andrew
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3 Responses to Unity…

  1. karen farley says:

    this is soooooo good… very encouraging.. I truly enjoy His writing. the persecution has been so intense that I need to hear words like this.. somtimes I just want to throw in the towel when I see the sin that dwells in me still…😢

  2. I sense a real breakthrough in this area of unity and so I am going to proclaim it…

    There will be / is now developing – a unity in the Body of Christ which has not been seen since the early Church following the day of Pentecost…

    The unity will be felt and it will be experienced…

    Everyone will have everything in common…

    No one will consider anything their own in the House of God…

    The Holy Spirit will achieve this…

    His Presence will be felt and will be felt by all…

    Those who resist will be removed…

    There will be freedom in the Church of God and there will be freedom in sharing all things with each other as brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ…

    There will be – and is now – a release in this area in the heavenly realm…

    There is a release and it will be felt…

    The Blood will permeate and permeate deeply into every Blood Bought saint of the Living God…

    They will know that they are washed – they will know that they are sanctified – they will know that they are glorified – set free – by the Blood of Jesus – even before it happens in reality – their glorification – they will know that they are – Praise You Jesus…

    I’ve be “weighed down” for a while…

    But I’ve been “released”…

    I’ve seen the fulfilment of my prayers – I’ve seen the fulfilment of my prayers that the world will be one in their worship and glorification of Jesus Christ…

    He will be glorified in this generation…

    He will receive the glory and He will be satisfied…

    He will…

    Thank You Jesus…

    You are Worthy – I am smiling on the inside and the outside – You have overcome the world – and so will we – Your Church in this chosen generation – it is now breaking – presently – on our heads – the Joy of Lord is our strength – we have / and are – overcome / overcoming – the world – Thanks to You…

    Thanks to You…

    🙂

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